Jesse's Surgery Survival Fund

$16,290 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 297 people in 24 months
I am Jesse Jay. I’ve been an Altadena resident for the last six-and-a-half years and own my business, Outlaw & Anchor, for four-and-a-half of those years.

On November 23rd, I was attacked. It only lasted a minute, but in that short time, my attacker was able to take a lot from me.  He tried to stop me from expressing myself freely. He took my sense of security in the neighborhood I’ve called home for so long. And he took my ability to earn a living as a stylist. I couldn’t have known that the guy who said I was “dressed like a faggot” at the bar that night could do so much damage so quickly.

Walking home around midnight with a friend, crossing the street from my house, this man from the bar attacked me from behind. Before I had a chance to react, he punched me, and I fell to the ground. He continued attacking me while my friend was trying to pull him off of me. It wasn’t until multiple people came out from the bar across the street to pull him off that the attack finally ended.

Soon after the attack, I went to urgent care at Kasier in Pasadena. I had bruises all over my body, a lacerated lip and a broken right clavicle bone. On December 8thsurgeons open up my shoulder and try to suture my clavicle back together, helping the bone to heal correctly.  

Now that I am out of work (and the medical bills and living expenses have begun to grow), I am asking you to help keep him from taking anything else – especially my mental health, apartment and business.

Your money will be used to help cover my mental health counseling, medical and surgery bills. While I am out of work and unable to cut hair for the next three months, I will also need money to cover my daily living expenses. I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received already from family and friends, and your donation will go a long way in helping me heal. 

I know that I got away lucky and a lot of LGBT people aren’t as fortunate. Once fully recovered, I pledge to continue volunteering my time with LGBT non-profit organizations to try to prevent this sort of violence from happening to anyone else.  Thanks for your support, time and love.

Note: Any money I don't use after the three-month recovery period, I will donate to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
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Thank you!!! I made my $15,000 goal! I can't thank you enough for your generous donations and kind words. You're all rock stars. You've truly given me the strength and support I need to heal. I know I'm going to come out of this a stronger, more passionate, and caring person. Once I'm back on my feet I plan on volunteering to support people who find themselves in similar situations. Thank you again.
taken right after my surgery, thumbs up
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Thank you for all the love and support!!
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Hello! I was just interviewed by news reporter Laurie Perez about my story and it was supposed be aired tonight on KCAL 9 at 10pm and CBS 2 at 11pm but she got broken from my story to cover something about the KKK. I'm urging everyone that has helped me, get my interview on the news tonight. The news station number is (818) 655-2000 or email Laurie at lsperez@cbs.com , tweet @lauriePerez or @CBSLA . I want my story to be heard and I want to know why I have not been contacted by Detective Lohmann of the Altadena Sheriff station since my attack, it will be two weeks tomorrow. Please share. Thank you.
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Mel Lo
24 months ago
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Hello Jesse, I am so sorry to hear this happened in our community. I saw your information on Beautiful Altadena FB page. I wanted to offer some information in case you do not know. If you have a police report you are eligible for Victims of Crime compensation. This is a program in California for any victim of crime. You are eligible for free mental health counseling with a private practice therapist and they can help cover medical expenses. it would not cover all your costs but it could help with some such as mental health counseling so any funds raised can be used for daily living expenses. http://vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/ Am enraged this type of hate crime occurred. Sending healing.

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Akina Cox
24 months ago

Congrats on reaching your goal! Just making sure that this was reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as they are keeping track of hate crimes. https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

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Gilda Anderson
24 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

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Bananah Rae
24 months ago

I emailed Laurie. ❤️

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Created December 3, 2016
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$50
Lisa Laumann
21 months ago

Jesse, I was so sorry to hear your news. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

$100
Anonymous
21 months ago
$150
Michael Koerbel
23 months ago

Jesse - I have no idea how I didn't know about this until just now (guess I must be overdue for a haircut as usual). I'm appalled that this happened to such an amazing sweet person. Uggh. Speedy recovery and hang in there - much love to you!

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Anonymous
23 months ago
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Anonymous
24 months ago
$100
Tony McAuley
24 months ago

Im so sorry to hear and shocked about what happened to you - hope your recovery is going well and you get back on your feet soon

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Kelly Newburg
24 months ago

Jesse-- I'm so incredibly sorry and angry that this happened to you. You are a beautiful person, and your talents have made me feel beautiful about myself. I'm praying for a speedy recovery from surgery so you can get back to what you love. Therapy is such hard work but I'm so glad you're committed to doing it after this traumatic event. You WILL come out stronger. This tiny, hateful man will not defeat you.

Mel Lo
24 months ago
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Hello Jesse, I am so sorry to hear this happened in our community. I saw your information on Beautiful Altadena FB page. I wanted to offer some information in case you do not know. If you have a police report you are eligible for Victims of Crime compensation. This is a program in California for any victim of crime. You are eligible for free mental health counseling with a private practice therapist and they can help cover medical expenses. it would not cover all your costs but it could help with some such as mental health counseling so any funds raised can be used for daily living expenses. http://vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/ Am enraged this type of hate crime occurred. Sending healing.

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Akina Cox
24 months ago

Congrats on reaching your goal! Just making sure that this was reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as they are keeping track of hate crimes. https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

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Gilda Anderson
24 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

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Bananah Rae
24 months ago

I emailed Laurie. ❤️

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